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+ - IE standardization fading fast->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: Just as Internet users in general have defected in huge numbers from Microsoft Internet Explorer over the past several years, the business world, as well, is becoming less dependent on the venerable browser. Companies that used to mandate the use of IE for access to web resources are beginning to embrace a far more heterodox attitude toward web browsers. While it hasn't gone away, the experience of having to use IE 6 to access some legacy in-house web app is becoming less common. "A lot of it has to do with the emergence of the modern web and the popularity of mobile. They have made it very different for companies to truly standardize on a browser," says Gartner Research analyst David Mitchell Smith.
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Comment: Want t-shirt logo for banner (Score 1) 229

by Dr.Who (#41518437) Attached to: Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

Is it possible to get the Slashdot's 15th Anniversary Shirt logo with black instead of white lettering, black instead of white lines, and a transparent background sized to fit a 11" * 17" paper? I would like to print a few as banners/signs for the Slashdot party.

n.b. Join me at Larkspur Landing Shopping Center on 2012-10-26T19:45-7

Comment: Want t-shirt logo for banner (Score 3, Interesting) 46

by Dr.Who (#41494693) Attached to: Reminder: Slashdot Anniversary Meetups, Free T-Shirts

Is it possible to get the Slashdot's 15th Anniversary Shirt logo with black instead of white lettering, black instead of white lines, and a transparent background sized to fit a 11" * 17" paper? I would like to print a few as banners/signs for the Slashdot party.

n.b.Join me at Larkspur Landing Shopping Center on 2012-10-26T19:45-7

Comment: Marin Brewing Company has good beer (Score 1) 1

by Dr.Who (#41494435) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Larkspur, CA, US

... so I have been told. I drink wine but not beer.

I thought that some of us could sit in Marin Brewing Company outside seating area. Others might want to buy food from Togos Eatery or one of the other restaurants http://marincountrymart.com/directory/dining and sit at one of the tables nearby, but outside the Marin Brewing Company seating area.

Larkspur Landing Shopping Center is across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from the Golden Gate Ferry Larkspur Landing terminal. I think that this will be convenient for people commuting back from San Francisco on Friday night.

It would be feasible for someone in San Francisco to take the ferry to Larkspur Landing and walk to the shopping center. They could return to San Francisco on the 8:50 P.M. Ferry. To stay later they would have to find other arrangements. To take a Golden Gate Transit Bus they would need a ride to a bus stop. However it is a short walk to the Marin Airporter which would drop you off at the airport.

I tried to incorporate feedback Aftermath and meetup planning tips by kashani on a 10-year Slashdot anniversary party in San Francisco that I attended.


+ - Password Protection Advice going mainstream-> 1

Submitted by Dr.Who
Dr.Who writes: The January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine arrived yesterday. It contained:
"Hack-proof your passwords. Criminals are getting smarter. So should you."

A synopsis of the article already appeared in Tech Journal South: "Consumer Reports: Four tips for creating stronger passwords."

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Comment: At first I thought that the headline was... (Score 1) 544

by Dr.Who (#36268654) Attached to: Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills

Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals His Personality Kills

Disclaimer: I have never met anyone named Mark Zuckerberg. I did see a popular movie featuring a character with that name. I have seen at least two television news clips describing something that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing. So I know nothing about CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personality or eating habits.


+ - Supercomputers Crack Sixty-Trillionth Binary Digit-> 1

Submitted by Dr.Who
Dr.Who writes: According to http://blog.energy.gov/blog/2011/04/28/supercomputers-crack-sixty-trillionth-binary-digit-pi-squared, "a value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton." The article goes on to cite use of computationally complex algorithms to detect errors in computer hardware.

The article references a blog http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2011/03/Pi-goes-on-forever/ which has more background.

Disclaimers: I attended graduate school at U.C. Berkley. I am presently employed by a software company that sells an infrastructure product named PI.

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+ - Controlling Light with an Optical Event Horizon->

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lee1 writes: "Two German scientists have developed the theory for an all-optical transistor. In their words: 'This concept relies on cross-phase modulation between a signal and a control pulse. Other than previous approaches, the interaction length is extended by temporally locking control and the signal pulse in an optical event horizon, enabling continuous modification of the central wavelength, energy, and duration of a signal pulse by an up to sevenfold weaker control pulse.'"
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+ - The Densest Planet In The Universe (So Far)->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider writes: Astronomers have found what may be the biggest rocky planet in the neighborhood.

The planet is called 55 Cancri e. It is 60 percent larger than the Earth, eight times as massive and orbits its star so fast that an entire year passes in less than a day.

It is about 8.57 times the mass of Earth, plus or minus about 0.64 Earth masses. That gives a density of about 10.9 grams per cubic centimeter, twice that of Earth, which averages about 5.5 grams. The surface gravity would be about 2.7 times that of Earth, comparable to what one would feel at the cloud tops of Jupiter.

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